Should Minnesota Lower the Drinking Age?

Here’s a post with two polls that may or may not be related. I know my own opinions, but I’m really curious about what you think.



3 Comments so far

  1. Brianne (unregistered) on October 29th, 2009 @ 6:58 pm

    I don’t feel, as a whole, that our country/culture has a positive, responsible relationship with alcohol. I don’t see that lowering the drinking age would help in any way. I do, however, find it strange that a “man” of 18 can be handed a gun and asked to fight in the military but is not trusted to consume alcohol.

    I think I’d be more likely to support lowering the drinking age to 18 if the driving age was raised to 18.

  2. Erica M (ericam) on October 30th, 2009 @ 9:42 am

    On the drinking age, I have similar thoughts as Brianne regarding culture, responsibility, and military eligibility. Would we make up those federal dollars in proceeds from 18-20 year-old kids in border towns (the way border state kids go to Canada; the province of Ontario made lots of money off me)?

    I think the U’s plan to sell alcohol in a controlled way at the new stadium was sound, and I also think there’s plenty of precedent from other Big 10 schools in NOT allowing alcohol sales at sporting events.

    So if the connection you’re making is that, if we believe the drinking age should be lowered, then we should of course allow (entirely legal) alcohol sales at the stadium, then… okay. *shrug*

    I think we have bigger fish to fry on both fronts.

  3. David (jacc) on October 30th, 2009 @ 11:45 am

    @Brianne – I totally agree on the destructive power of alcohol. I’m Irish and Native American and spent a good part of my life on the Res seeing first hand the terrible effects of generations of abuse.

    That said, I also struggle with the 18 being an adult, but not really issue.

    @Erica – I’m not sure that’s the connection I am making. Honestly I’m not sure there is a connection, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about. Lately there’s been so much news about kids being tried as adults and sent to prison for life it got me thinking about when is someone actually legally an adult and when they aren’t. It’s such a nebulous area and there doesn’t seem to be much logical consistency.

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